Gymnastics NSW - Return to Gymnastics

If Unwell Stay, Stay Home

Public health authorities advise all people to stay at home if they are unwell or display any symptoms of COVID-19 infection. People are advised to seek medical advice and testing for COVID-19 if they suspect they have the infection.

 

‘Stay at home if unwell’ posters will be displayed within all gymnastics clubs in a prominent location and the message will be reiterated through Gymnastics NSW social media, website and club and coach EDM’s.

 

Training will be provided for all clubs and coaches through the Clubs COVID 19 Induction and Coaches COVID 19 Induction.

 

Employees

 

Employees should be informed:

 

  1. they must not attend work if they have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath and fatigue), or suspect they may have been infected with COVID-19 (this includes close contact with another person diagnosed with COVID-19);
     

  2. of the gymnastics clubs leave policy for COVID-19 related absences; and
     

  3. how and to whom they communicate a COVID-19 sickness absence
     

  4. If an employees is noted to be unwell at work with symptoms of COVID-19, clubs must ask them to leave work immediately and advise them to seek medical advice.
     

  5. That if diagnosed with COVID-19 they will be quarantined by health authorities until they are cleared from the virus. This will be managed by health authorities. Once an employee has recovered from the virus and is cleared by health authorities they can return to work as usual.
     

  6. That although the majority of suspected cases of COVID-19 are likely to be negative, all persons who have been tested for COVID-19 must self isolate until they receive their results from health authorities which may take up to 5 days.
     

  7. That clubs should consider how they will manage rosters to ensure sufficient staff to cover for staff absences at short notice and for the length of any isolation requirements.
     

  8. That if a member of the team tests positive for COVID-19 you will be contacted by public health authorities who will advise you of the steps required to manage your worksite.
     

  9. ​That if they are a vulnerable employee they are encouraged to advise you so that steps could be taken to minimize the risk of infection in the workplace. This may include modifying duties where reasonably practicable to reduce exposure. Each case should be considered on a case by case basis following the completion of a risk assessment of the employees environment, maintaining privacy and avoiding discriminatory actions. 
     

All employees should be treated with compassion and understanding. 

It is reasonable to request a medical certificate if a team member advises that they are a vulnerable employee. The certificate should indicate work capacity (i.e. fit for modified duties or absence recommended) and the period of time of the certification. If additional assistance is required to manage a vulnerable worker at work, an Occupational Physician could be consulted.

Vulnerable Employees

 

Vulnerable workers are staff who are at increased risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19. This includes:

 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions.

 

  • People 65 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions.

 

  • People 70 years and older, and 

 

  • People with compromised immune systems.

 

Members

 

All members should be advised that they must not attend training:

 

  • If they are unwell.
     

  • If they have symptoms of COVID-19
     

  • If they suspect they may have been infected with COVID-19 (including close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19), or 
     

  • If they have been advised by health authorities to self isolate (such as those that are close or casual contacts).  

This message should be regularly communicated to members via newsletters and signage. A member who is observed to be reasonably displaying symptoms (for example persistent coughing) of COVID-19 in a gym should be politely asked to leave the site.

 

Gymnastics members who are vulnerable to a serious COVID-19 infection should discuss with their doctor what activities it is safe for them to resume once restrictions are eased. The onus is on the member to determine their capacity to safely resume participation.